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JOCELYN, Dental Hygenist
Jocelyn was born and raised here in Southern Oregon. She graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Psychology. She loves photography with her favorite subjects being her 3 pups: Kei, the fun loving cocker spaniel; Lulu, the lazy yorkie mix; and Tala, the wild pitt mix puppy. Jocelyn also enjoys riding her Yamaha Raptor 700 on the Oregon dunes! She loves everything outdoors, whether it be rafting the Rogue or napping in the summer sun. Jocelyn also enjoys traveling: she has been to 32 of the 50 United States, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, China, Fiji, and would love to travel to Ireland, Croatia, and New Zealand some day.

CASSIE, Adminstrative Assistant
Cassie is originally from the Bay Area, but moved here with her family to Medford when she was very young. She graduated from High School in 2004, after which she attended Abdill Career College of Dental Assisting. She worked as a dental assistant for a year and a half in Eugene, OR. Then she returned to Medford in 2006 and has been working as a dental administrative assistant ever since.

Shannon, Chairside Assistant
Shannon has been a resident of the beautiful Rogue Valley her entire life. She attended Rogue Community College in 1996 & 1997 where she completed courses in dental assisting. She brings with her 15 years of experience as the newest member of Dr. Jake's Team.

Folate (Vitamin B9)
Folate is another important B Vitamin. It’s a key ingredient to making serotonin and melatonin in the brain, DNA synthesis, and in the metabolism of proteins.

Adult men and women need 400mcg of folate every day (pregnant women need 600mcg). Because we fortify grains in the US, most people obtain adequate amounts of folate from food. However, with the rise in gluten allergies and with many people eating organic foods, more and more people need to take a folate supplement. A Folate deficiency can sometimes be seen in the mouth by a sore tongue with shallow ulcers on it.

When looking for a supplement, be sure to get one that is the active form of folate: L-methyl folate. It’s estimated that at least 10% of the population can’t convert folate to its active form which means their body is not utilizing and absorbing it.

Studies have shown that adequate levels of folate are key in preventing depression - especially in women. Studies also show that maintaining levels between 400 and 600mcg can help prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, and some cancers. The key is maintaining levels now, when you’re healthy because once Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cancer set in, folate no longer seems to help and can actually accelerate some cancers. Males also need to be careful to not have too much folate.

If you are pregnant, have a gluten allergy, or suffer from depression you should have your folate levels checked. Men should also get their levels checked to make sure their levels aren’t too high.

Hope this was helpful! Next month we will be talking about Vitamin B6!

- Jocelyn RDH

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